Transportation Task Force votes down greenhouse gas reduction amendment
Over the opposition of Sierra Club representatives Jim Danaher and Kristen Raugaust, the Transportation Funding Task Force voted down a motion that future transportation projects in Santa Cruz County reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The wording of the failed motion made by Gine Johnson, Executive Director of Ecology Action was
“The Plan funded by this ballot measure shall be consistent with Assembly Bill 32 by having the effect of a net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and each project be at least greenhouse gas emission neutral over the life of the measure.”
Members who voted against the motion expressed concern with its exact wording, yet did not offer alternate language. Some said they felt the motion would make road maintenance difficult. AB 32 requires the State to roll back emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, an estimated 25% reduction.
The Task Force was created by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission in 2005 to recommend a ballot measure to raise money for transportation projects in Santa Cruz County.
Sierra Club believes we must work to lower greenhouse gas emissions starting now. The scientists are clear—we need to cut emissions 80% by 2050. The need to take action to move to clean energy sources and cut global warming is urgent and immediate.
The Sierra Club Transportation Policy opposes widening highways and states that HOV lanes should come from converting existing highway lanes rather than from constructing new lanes. For more details on sensible transportation options in Santa Cruz County see http://sensibletransportation.org.
|How they voted
|In favor of the motion:
||Voted against the motion:
Ned Van Valkenburgh
Jim Van Houten
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